Friday, January 25, 2013

Shot List

This is my shot list
For each model I work with during "Skin".

It will of course vary due to individuals flexibility.
These 14 are not the only shots that this series will consist of.

But these will give me a firm repetition to work off of
and introduce a hint of individuality.
Because even if you are sharing a pose with another model
We are all going to do it slightly different.

We are all individuals under this sub-category of ethnicity.

**Word for the wise**

PLEASE: 
-Know you limits
-Stretch before the shoot
-Pose in front of a mirror to see what unique forms your body can create.


-Stephanie

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Concept...

As I continue to look out into the world for inspiration through books, websites, commercial media, photographers, yoga, portraiture, and mentors, I have been able to hone in on what I truly am aiming for. 

Let's call it "Skin" for now.


"Skin" is a series meant to deconstruct the modern day stereotype that black skin consists of few ranges.
This series is to show how black skin is and how is should be portrayed as equal.
Equal.
Equality within the African American culture.
To break surface barriers within one race of what is to be honorary.

I as a "redbone" black coming from a subculture family:
my father from the working class in Virginia
my mother from the upper class in Chicago
I feel it is necessary that we all be treated equally
in society, in our homes, and in media.

We, as a black society should not look against one another for our physical differences, but our commonalities, our unity, and strength.

I want this series to not only touch the African American community
but other ethnicity's alike.
To realize that black skin/people are beautiful in all shades that we are born into.
One should not be over look or favored over another based on skin tone.

For it is my belief that the soul, personality, and intentions of a person
should be closer analyzed than what our surface exteriors mimic.

I want this series to present the full spectrum/color wheel of black.
From albino, to African and all the in between.
I want us to be stripped of all other societal pressures,
Of clothing, jewelry,  and makeup
Presenting only the pure beauty that was God given.
The flesh.
Through striking lighting
And strong organic poses,
We will state that:

This is our skin,
Our heritage,
Our strength
It deserves to be celebrated.
And never again be shown in a lesser light.

IF YOU OUR A FRIEND WISHES TO BE APART OF THIS PHOTOGRAPHIC STATEMENT PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME AT: STEPHANIEELEY@GMAIL.COM

disclosure: This shoot will consist of yoga entailed poses.

Thank you for feeling as compelled as I do.

-SME

*** Unedited DEMO Shots For This Shoot***






Saturday, January 12, 2013

Anna's Shot

Anna from the first demo shoot towards the current series I am working on regarding black beauty. #skintone #equality #united

Anna- Love working with her amazing form!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Black Skin Is...

These are my rough drafts thoughts for this quarters body of work.


Black Skin

·      This piece is about:
o   Unity
o   Realization
o   Equality
o   Recognizing discrimination within a race

o   Black is beautiful In all shades

·      Focus of project on women
o   Directly connects to my personal experience
§  With racism
§  Judgment
§  Pride

·      How to focus on skin alone:
o    Oily?
o   Clean?
o   Flawed (natural)
o   Clear (Photoshoped)
o   No nail polish
o   No make up
o   No jewelry
o    
·      Gradient – Lightest hue to darkest

·      What does our skin mean to us?
o   History
o   Slavery
o   Ancestry
o   Racism
o   Global location

·      We are judged by skin tone:
o   Commentary on racial experiences due to skin alone
"I dont like black people but i like you"
"i thought you were just a tan white girl"
"No, she cannot stay the night, shes not like you"

·      What skin tones are presented in commercial advertising?

    Three categories:
      Super White, Pail thin,
     The Tyra Banks
    African black, bald, thin

·      What is a socially acceptable tone?

·      Who is sexually attractive – via societies eyes
o   Slavery and slave sex trade
o   Females – triangle (symbol of femininity)

·      What is beautiful?

·      How we receive commentary
o   Via ears- hearing judgment
o   Via sight- viewing hate crimes and racism


Ways in which to shoot the models:

·       Nude to cameras eye
·      hair pulled tight or slicked back to reduce distraction from skin
















  
·      eyes open, encompass different eye colors
 OR closed eyes
·      ¾ view portrait
·      over the shoulder shots
·      abstracted body poses
·      forming the triangle through body positions
·      focus on detail
o   ears
o   hands
·      hands covering face
·      shots exerting power and pride
o   looking up
·      close up of face in shot looking down
CLOSED EYES
·     face not visible, only body/skin





Side portrait

photoshop, hands

hands

over the shoulder
Strong side portrait


OILED BODIES



FEMALE FIGURE FORMING TRIANGLES




FACE NOT VISIBLE FOCUS ON FORM SEXUALITY & SKIN

sketches of inspiration poses
creating unique forms from body



Commercial lighting?
·      Well lit
·      Soft shadows
Moody lighting?
·      My traditional way of shooting
·      Lots of shadows
·      Up close



THIS SHOOT WILL CONSIST OF YOGA'LIKE POSES.

the final image i envision being a long/large horizontal digitally compiled single image, of the gradation change in skin tone.
THIS (shot of me) IS MY ORIGINAL INSPIRATION OF HOW TO SHOOT MY MODELS.


So I have lots on kinks that i want to work out with body positioning and composition.
I start of Friday, and I'll be scoping out all skin tones to participate in this commentary!

-S